ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - (Sept. 22, 2014) The Rock Island Arsenal Police Department responded to a report of suspected unexploded ordnance that was discovered at 11 a.m. by construction crews during contracted work on the installation this morning.
The police response included the closure of East Street, South Street, Gillespie Street and Beck Avenue to restrict access to the location of the suspected unexploded ordnance. At the same time the Quad City Bomb Squad was called to inspect and access the suspected unexploded ordnance.
At 1:15 p.m., the Quad City Bomb Squad assessed the suspected piece of unexploded ordnance and removed it. It is now being properly disposed of by the Bomb Squad. It is currently unknown whether the suspected unexploded ordnance was inert or not.
Utility and construction workers on Rock Island Arsenal are made aware of the potential to encounter unexploded ordnance and are trained in the proper procedures to report it.
The Rock Island Arsenal has an ongoing working relationship with all Emergency Management Services in the greater Quad-City Area. Today's event is another example of the extraordinary collaboration between all levels of area government.